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Kevin R (it) wrote: Let the bullets fly awhileIn a small 1920's Chinese town, they have never seen their mayor. When a local official, traveling with the mayor, is approached by bandits and the mayor is killed in the process, he reluctantly agrees to infiltrate the town, act as the mayor, and steal their money. Once in the town, the fake mayor may change his allegiance, and work with the town to overthrow the bandits."I never intended to profit from the poor.""Then who would you profit from? Do you want to make money or stand tall?""I want to make money...while standing tall.""Impossible." Wen Jiang, director of In the Heat of the Sun, Devils on the Doorstep, The Sun Also Rises, and Gone with the Bullets, delivers Let the Bullets Fly. The storyline for this picture is entertaining, with some solid action, and doesn't take itself too serious. The script is very clever and the actors play their roles well. The cast includes Chow Yun-Fat, Kun Chen, You Ge, Wen Jiang, and Carina Lau. "Where there are gun shots, there is death. Where there is death, there is weeping. When people are weeping, they tell the truth."I grabbed this off Netflix because I thought it was strange seeing Chow Yun-fat in a western martial arts movie. It was just okay but some random acts of violence were entertaining and I thought the action scenes were clever. A few sequences were corny, but not unexpected. This film is worth a viewing and an entertaining addition to the genre."Did we miss?"Grade: C+/B- (6.5)
Eliabeth C (ag) wrote: it had it moments but horrible acting..
Pierre B (jp) wrote: How can such good actors be in such a rubbish movie??
Louise W (es) wrote: Wow. First off, go Eddie! Secondly, Christopher Eccleston has proved conclusively that he is a lunatic (or at least does an amazing job of pretending). Funny, angry, totally barking. What an awesome movie (and not like a hotdog).
David S (nl) wrote: A little disappointed with the popular cult film Donnie Darko. I wanted scarier, not realizing it wasn't even meant to be scary. And I think they took a few corny turns en route to explain this save-the-world, time travel piece. My biggest qualm was the strange casting. Drew Barrymore was just awful with her acting (let's just say, yeah, she deserved to get fired like her character did). The late, great Patrick Swayze was such an odd casting for his role, and it was kind of sad to see him do that after all the great things he gave us all these years. And just about every employee at that school needed to be rounded up and have a jet engine fall on THEIR heads. Now, sadly, this is one of those times where I will fully, undoubtedly ADMIT that I didn't get this movie. Not until searching online, where I came across explanations and article that I found far more interesting and entertaining than the movie itself. I didn't focus on the time travel, alternate universe stuff. I was just simply watching the events unfold on the most basic of levels, just trodding along thinking about this Donnie kid and his family and the town. I never realized he was saving the world or that he had these powers. I understood the timeline aspect, like when we finally meet alive-Frank (as opposed to dead-Frank who we meet first). I understood how certain events didn't follow in actual sequential ordering and the dead were time travelling to manipulate the events of the story. I just didn't understand how Donnie knew what was going on all along and that he needed to sacrifice his own life for the love of his girlfriend who he'll never meet thanks to his time travelling, and his family, and, well, the world itself. But somehow, he knew and we're supposed to just go with it. A neat idea, but somewhat poorly demonstrated for audiences. And what was with that weird wave between Donnie's mother and Gretchen at the end? Or mother's casual, cigarette smoking, I'm-cool-with-it demeanor as they carted her deceased son's body out of the house?
Tom D (de) wrote: This is an original, interesting film. The plot revolves around the history of a red violin. The cast is a nice ensemble and they bring the story to life. I would recommend this interesting drama.
Mary B (mx) wrote: Pre-mainstream Jane Campion is part Mike Leigh and part John Waters. What's not to like?
Madison M (au) wrote: Very enjoyable! I really liked it quite a lot!!
Antwan J J (gb) wrote: what a story but great cast love the feel and gritiness of the film